Why Should Children Learn to Cook?

March 31, 2007 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

Children and cooking is one of the things I feel passionately about. After all, it’s a life skill that so many grow up without and when kids leave home, they haven’t the faintest idea of how to cook meals. So they become reliant upon packets of processed foods that can be popped in the microwave for ease and convenience.  Processed foods that contain high levels of salt, sugar and quite frankly some off cuts of meat that you wouldn’t really want to give to your dog if you knew where they came from!!

Children CAN learn to cook from the earliest of ages – as young as 2 or 3. Give the youngest cooks a wooden spoon and a plastic bowl to stir some ingredients in and they simply love it. They can make dishes that require “assembling” rather than cooking like these Chocolate Almond Croissants – a recipe I put together for 3-6 year olds to make for Mother’s Day breakfast. Of course, they need help as hot ovens are involved but Annabel loves making this as a treat.

INGREDIENTS 
4 croissants
200g good quality chocolate
(milk or plain is fine)
50g flaked almonds
1 tspn icing sugar
METHOD
1.Ask your helper to preheat the oven to 180°c/fan oven 160°c/gas mark 4. Sprinkle the almonds on the smaller baking tray then when the oven is up to temperature, ask your helper to put them in to cook for 3 minutes, until slightly browned.
2.Whilst the almonds are cooking, ask your helper to slice the croissants in half for you. Put the 4 bases on the large baking sheet then break the chocolate into small pieces and sprinkle it over the top. When the almonds are ready, leave them to cool for 5 minutes before sprinkling over the chocolate. Put the tops back on the croissants.
3.Ask your helper to put the croissants in the oven for 5 minutes, until they are warm and the chocolate is melted and oozing. Pop onto a serving plate then sift over a little icing sugar for a fancy finish. Serve whilst still warm.

Chocolate Almond Croissants

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Entry filed under: Children's Cooking, children's food and eating.

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